Thiksey Monastery

Thiksey Monastery, an outstanding specimen of Ladakhi architecture, is a glorious Buddhist monastery located nearby Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. Thiksey Monastery is the part of Gelukpa order in Buddhism and is beautifully located in the picturesque top of a hillock. It encloses numerous stupas, Thangkas, statues, swords, wonderful wall paintings and a large pillar carved with Buddha's ideas and preaching, all in a mammoth 12 storied building complex. A marvelous Buddha statue in the seated position is adorning the main prayer hall. Thiksey Festival, a major attraction for tourists and Buddhist devotees, is conducted here with splendor and much pomp.

    Alchi Monastery

The village of Alchi is situated around 70 km from Leh on the left banks of the Indus river. The village has been described as one of the monastic jewels of Ladakh. The village Alchi differentiate itself from other villages of Ladakh by being so lush green. Now most of the small houses are made of bricks. You will be welcomed by a smile by the people in the streets. The main road at both side is covered by the Apricot trees. It is a normal sight to see the donkeys (Mules) laden with wares and building material during the summers when all the activities are at their peak. The Alchi region too received cultural influence from other areas. Alchi had contacts with Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism, however the Alchiā€™s isolation helped the village and the Gompa to keep their culture and traditions intact. Alchi was also on the main trade route of central Asia. The route along the Indus via Leh was connected to the Chinese Turkestan.

    Hemis monastery

is located 45 kms. from Leh, located inside a gorge. This monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. This monastery was re established in 1672 by Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. This monastery is the biggest and wealthiest monastery in India. This monastery contains the richest collection of ancient relics. The statues of Buddha is kept in the monastery which is made of copper, various stupas are made of gold and silver, sacred Thangkas etc.

    Diskit monastery

His Gompa has quite an interesting legend attached to it. It is believed that a Mongol demon once lived here and was a sworn enemy of Buddhism. He was killed near the monastery. However, even after his death, his body kept coming back to the monastery again and again. It is said that even today the wrinkled head and hand of the demon lie inside a temple of the monastery, which is filled with fierce Gods and Goddesses.